McKendree by Sandra Belton

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"McKendree ain't a who. It's a place." "Don't say ain't." "Honeydipper Man lives there 'cause he's old and ain't got no place else to live." And I'll be here the entire summer. Every beautiful, outrageous summer day. Tilara Haynes. Dark like all the Hayneses. Like her father and Aunt Cloelle. You have Haynes written all over you. A pretty young lady. But in her heart she knew better. So what, who cares.So what, who cares. So what, who cares...Tilara couldn't remember anything about her mother, even though she had tried and tried. And Georgia...sweet Georgia not so brown..."I'm gonna moo-ove on up a little higher"...Success followed March everywhere, especially to the mirror. "How I'd like to be around to see what you turn out to be." She found herself looking into a pair of eyes the color of honey. Eyes like none she had ever seen before. Braxton and Tilara. Tilara and Braxton. That's how an African prince must look. "Coffee makes you black, you know." "Girl, we are gooood!" I think a lot of people still think being light-skinned is better." Forget it Tilara. Just forget it. Because I never thought about you that way Because I never thought you would think about me that way "Loving yourself is the very first stop to anything, baby. Simply loving yourself." "The name McKendree. It started our summer, and it's ending it too." McKendree. But, still, there was something else ...

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

 

About Sandra Belton

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Sandra Belton is the author of the Ernestine & Amanda series, the novels "Store-Bought Baby" and "McKendree", and several picture books, including "From Miss Ida's Porch", "Pictures for Miss Josie", and "Beauty, Her Basket". Sandra Belton grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. BENNY ANDREWS was a renowned African American fine artist whose work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution. His dramatic, folk art-style illustrations have also appeared in several books for children.
 
Published May 31, 2000 by Greenwillow. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Tilara, an African-American, “could see no other picture of herself but the one she always carried inside.” Surrounded by photographs of her dead mother with cream-colored skin and silky hair and by memories of china white dolls, shy, dark-skinned Tilara is convinced of her unat...

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Tilara does not remember her mother, who died when Tilara was almost two, but she has grown up studying photographs of the light-skinned lady, ""the loveliest woman who ever lived,"" according to Tilara's exacting father.

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